Monday, May 23, 2016

Hmmmmm. thoughts...

So I spent the weekend working with Studio Clip Art, taking online tutorials and watching You Tube videos so I can get a handle on the program.  It’s a ton of fun and I can see myself getting into it, but it’s not filling my “art meter”.  I will keep on working with it, but I think most of my concentration is going to be conventional , traditional art. 
Coloring Line Art

Here's one of my first paintings done in Clip Art

More work, learning the tools.

coloring line art

coloring line art

Sunday, May 15, 2016

W.I.P. and a Studio clean up.

OK so this weekend I cleaned up my art studio and put about half my figures in storage so that I can have room for my art supplies and my art projects. I also started my fourth Oil painting, it's pretty huge. It's going to be a Gorgon once I'm finished, but here are a few shots of two days worth of work and many more to go.

This is day two for this Oil Painting, blocking was yesterday, today face details.


My cleaned up shelves, they were filled with tons of 40k figures.  Now paints, thinners, air brush stuff, and more paint!

Changed the decor, took down the comic art and placed some real HR Giger prints I've been holding on to.
More work in the next few days.

Friday, May 6, 2016

I will call her Espina.

Good day today got another piece completed. My first nude painting, I will call her Espina.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The girl from Nowhere

I finished this painting last night. I call it "The girl from Nowhere" My 4th Oil Painting, practice to learn how to use the medium. It's funny how hard it is, trying to be patient enough to work with these paints and to learn blending. Now to more "Fantastic" subjects....
My Camera hates my paintings....

Better angle to get rid of the light reflection.

Cheers!  More work will be posted soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Second phase of my Oil Painting Adventure.

Now that I have all of the components and the first stage of paints are down on the canvas, I’m moving on to blending.  I’ve watched a ton of Youtube videos trying to get a better understanding of what I am doing and there are a few good videos out there, I’m not finding the best description of what I should be doing.  So watching the videos and trying to copy what these artist are doing is getting me to this second phase, here are the shots.
More paint is added to the canvas and the blending is started.
Getting the lights and Dark just right, blending can take hours to complete.
More Paint has been added to this first painting, I'm still learning with this piece. 
Well,  I will post more pics once I jump back on the wagon this weekend - Cheers!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Oil Painting this morning -excuse the bad photos

Getting ready for some Oil painting this morning and I want to thank 2 people for providing me with supplies over the years. Felicia Diamant and my wife Paula. Felicia left to me her "art-bin" which had a ton of oil paints, and Paula's tenure at Pratt left her with a large collection. I went to Micheal's yesterday and picked Lind-seed oil and Thinner to start today's project.


Piles of Paints
First part: Blocking in with acrylics and now adding oils on top...


Second Part: Blocking with oils stage one, now for drying.




Second canvas being worked, waiting for the first to dry. This time I based it on a sketch of another statue completed in charcoal.



More free style here, now just have to wait the two days for it to dry to keep on working.


detail shot.
This new adventure is going to take some time, but I have good feelings about it.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

T-Shirt Design Completed


Finishing up on a project I started some time ago, a T-Shirt design for a Gaming group.  The figures were sketched out on paper, scanned, and then post work was done in Paint-shop.
Orcs and Marines Looking cool!


Friday, April 1, 2016

Digital vs contemporary art

Beginning this journey has some different roads to take.  I have always been a contemporary artist, mostly acrylics, pen and ink, sketching in pencil and charcoal.  Most of my paintings are done in acrylics with some touches from different mediums; being self-taught I worked with the tools I had in hand.   Now I have more tools including my computer in which to work with,  I am tempted to go with the digital medium just because it would be an easy transition from being a PC user to jumping on the Digital bandwagon.  But even though these tools are fun and convenient, they don’t give me the tactile feeling of “performing” art.  I rather use these for post work, scanning in my pieces and adding quick effects for projects like T-Shirt designs and Graphics, but mostly I will stay away.  I want to go old school with my blossoming career, paint with oils on canvas, find old frames at garage sales and mount those pieces.  I want to have an entire wall of pre Raphaelite like pieces to enjoy, but this is going to take a ton of work.   I’ve only created two painting with oils and it’s very difficult, I’m not overly sure of the blending techniques, the processes of handling the medium, and what needs for the overall project to be completed properly.  I don’t have any issue with my artistic skills I just don’t have the schooling needed to feel confident in putting paint to canvas.  Now I do have a friend whose father is an amazing artist, I would love to sit with this man and just learn the basics of setting up my studio and what is needed to start this endeavor.  We shall see….. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ramblings...

So the road to getting my art career back up and running is starting today. 
I have started gathering all of my supplies and I have started painting some new canvases trying to get the rust off.  It’s been such a long time since I’ve actually done any kind of artwork that was “real”.
 
What is real you ask?  Well, at one point in my life I was a professional artist that had artwork publish in Heavy Metal magazine. I’ve also created multiple pieces for tons of journals and convention programs.  I even had a small  art show at the Ward and Nasse Gallery in New York City back in the 80s, then I just stopped.   I really don’t want to go into the reasons why a walked away from my professional art career, but it has affected my life over the years. 
Now I’m 54, and I’m thinking that I have only a good twenty years left on this planet and I have nothing really to show for it art wise.  I have over 3000 painted miniatures, loads of filled sketchbooks, and a wall of my paintings, but I don’t have satisfaction of being an “artist”.
So that brings up the scary topic, what is an artist?

art·ist
ˈärdəst/
noun
a person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
synonyms:          designer, creator, originator, producer; old master
"a mural artist"
a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
a person skilled at a particular task or occupation.
"a surgeon who is an artist with the scalpel"
synonyms: expert, master, maestro, past master, virtuoso, genius; informal pro, ace
"the surgeon is an artist with the knife"

So technically I’m an artist, but with no formal training.  I’ve never gone to school except for some life drawing classes at the art students league back in New York.  


It’s funny, my wonderful wife Paula is the one who really brought something home for me about art.  She said “Don’t create art for viewing.  Create art for yourself with the idea that nobody will ever see it, put your thoughts and desires, your pain and your love, make it yours first and foremost. ”  I have been creating art with the idea in mind that it will always be judged and that thought has crippled me artistically.   In my mind I always took to heart that I wasn’t as good as the other guy, the trained professional.  But until she told me that, I felt why bother?

Now I’m going to move forward with doing art for art’s sake,  make these skills that I have acquired over the years work for me.  It’s time to start drawing and painting
…. for me.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Working on Being Captain America in Fallout 4 and NOT Playing games.

Hey there Chaos Cultist,

I’m sorry I’ve not been around lately, but I’ve been going through some life changes. Here are a few things that have happened that have affected my gaming and hobby. First off my local gaming group collapsed after the head of the group moved out of the state, the boys in the group have moved on to other games other than 40K, and also my Son has gone to school in Boston. So I have a ton of toys, but no one to really play them with. I do have commissions from my buddy Matt who keeps me in the hobby, but no real players locally. Also I’ve been really re-thinking the concepts of Conventions, since I don’t really plan out games anymore because the effort is not really appreciated by the masses I just play games and work security. I love going to them but now it’s getting very expensive and my job pays no money. Also this is my 54 year on this planet and everything is just slowing down, I mostly just play games on the computer now like Fallout 4 and XCOM 2. Maybe it’s just the way it is and I should just go with the flow.
The Captain Battles Evil Robots

Anyway….
Robotic enemies come in seemingly endless configurations.


Right now I am in the middle of a Fallout 4 campaign where I am role playing being Steve Rodgers. I think it really fits with the universe as a whole, in this alternate dimension where the 50s never really ended after World War 2. Right night I’m fighting the Robot Legions of the Mechanist. The DLC is chocked filled with Robot goodness I highly recommend it, being able to build the ultimate follower is fantastic and also battle a new breed of Raider is worth your time.

My Robot Khorne - The Destroyer! - If you’ve got the skills, you can build the ultimate companion.

Mods will give you the ability to turn your lone wanderer in the Captain very easily, just head over to the Nexus for help. Just a small note about this Blog, starting soon I will be working more on my artwork and Tattoo designs and posted my work here, not always gaming, but more of a mixed bag of stuff so stay tuned.

My Steam Profile: https://steamcommunity.com/id/jakaal/

-Cheers
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